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Yıldız Güncesi, Evren’in Candide’i Ijon Tichy’nin uzayın -kimi kez zamanın- derinliklerinde yaptığı yolculuklara dair notlarından oluşuyor. Yer yer ilginç çizimlerle süslediği bu notlarda, hafızaları insanlığın kıyım tarihiyle yüklenmiş bir robot topluluğu, uzay yolculuğuna merak sarmış patatesler, inanç sahibi oldukları için katakomblarda yaşamaya zorlanan dindar robotlarYıldız Güncesi, Evren’in Candide’i Ijon Tichy’nin uzayın -kimi kez zamanın- derinliklerinde yaptığı yolculuklara dair notlarından oluşuyor. Yer yer ilginç çizimlerle süslediği bu notlarda, hafızaları insanlığın kıyım tarihiyle yüklenmiş bir robot topluluğu, uzay yolculuğuna merak sarmış patatesler, inanç sahibi oldukları için katakomblarda yaşamaya zorlanan dindar robotlar çıkıyor karşımıza. Derlemenin belki de en ilginç öyküsü, evrim de dahil olmak üzere dünya tarihinin içler acısı durumundan 26. yüzyıl bilim adamlarının sorumlu tutulduğu Yirminci Yolculuk. Platon’dan Spinoza’ya, Brütüs’ten Napolyon’a, Bacon’dan Marshall McLuhan’a kadar birçok tarihsel figür, Lem’in mizah yüklü kaleminden nasibini alıyor. Yirmi Birinci Yolculuk, insanlığın önümüzdeki yüzyıllarda kaydedeceği bilimsel ve teknolojik gelişmenin dinsel dogmaları nasıl birer birer yıkacağını, inananlar ile inançsızlar arasında çağlar boyu süren tartışmaların ve savaşların anlamsızlığını gösteren hüzünlü bir öykü. Lem’in sadık okurlarının alışkın olduğu bir şeydir bu – hüznün ve ironinin iç içeliği. Ama Lem, tıpkı kendi yazma serüveni gibi, okurun serüveninin de her zaman, alışkanlığa meydan bırakmayacak yeni keşiflere açık olmasını ister. Onun için değişmeyen tek bir inanç vardır belki de: Alçaklığın ve ahlâksızlığın, Evren’de yalnızca insana mahsus olduğu inancı....

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Yıldız Güncesi Reviews

  • BillKerwin
    2019-04-28 20:35

    Although Solaris is Stanislaw Lem’s most esteemed work, I believe The Star Diaries—the contemporaneous memoirs of star-pilot Ijon Tichy—to be a better representative of his genius, for it is ambitious in scope, inventive, and often profound.The Star Diaries, a series of interplanetary adventures ranging in size from mere vignette to long novella, was written over a period of twenty years, and therefore--no surprise!—these pieces vary considerably in seriousness and depth, moving from the playful to the satiric and eventually the philosophical. Yet even the earliest, like “The Twenty-Second Voyage”—the numbering bears no relation to the date of composition—are often surprising and memorable (part of its plot resurfaced, more than a decade later, in Borges’ “The Gospel According to Mark”).Although these stories are remarkably original, they also show a clear progression of influences. Ijon Tichy, who begins as the Baron Munchausen of space travel, soon resembles Swift’s Gulliver more closely as he begins to comment on the hypocrisies of society, but eventually Lem’s tone darkens and deepens as Tichy becomes less a star-pilot and more like the disembodied narrative voice of Stapledon’s Starmaker.The Star Diaries contains excellent examples of each type of story. “The Twenty-Second Voyage,” for example, is a very Munchausen-like tale, organized around Tichy’s search through the planets for his missing pipe. “The Eleventh Voyage,” a satire of the totalitarian state in which people dressed as robots inform on other people dressed as robots, is Lem in his classic Swiftian mode. Even better, though, are the later Swiftian tales where Tichy, still a hero, begins to explore more philosophical topics: “The Seventh Voyage” (a hilarious send-up of time travel tales in general, where Tichy attempts to travel back in time to help himself fix his damaged spacecraft), and “The Eighth Voyage” (in which Tichy, delegate to The United Planets, represents earth, a candidate for admission). Also worthy of attention are the later tales, of which a quintessential example is “The Twenty-First Voyage,” the last in order of composition and also the longest. I’ll admit I found it rough-going in places, but the startling difference between the two peoples presented here—nonreligious human consumed with a fad for body-engineering contrasted with robot monks who reverence the classic human form—was haunting and thought-provoking. It presented elements of the “pro-choice” and “right to life” philosophical positions in an extremely different context, and gave me much to think about.If you love science fiction, you must read this book. It is a classic of the genre, crowded with invention and and full of ideas.

  • 7jane
    2019-04-20 18:41

    I need to reread this to review the book properly, but I know I liked it a lot, and even made a (view spoiler)[Tichy family tree (hide spoiler)] out of one story, just for fun. Since I read it first in Finnish, the English reading experience will no doubt feel different :)

  • Jeannette Nikolova
    2019-05-13 16:58

    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.What a fantastic book! One of the best ones that I have read this year!!! If you have not read it, and I assume that is the situation, I highly recommend it!"I sat at my desk today, to write, and the chair said to me: 'What a strange world this is!"I will put this bluntly: I am highly aware that the English speaking world generally neglects the literature of the rest of the world, which is the idea behind the Reading the World challenge to begin with. I am also aware that among the world literature that does gain some fame, the Eastern block is not in focus. HOWEVER, I think that by not reading certain novels, The Star Diaries among them, people are committing literary crime. Because this book is brilliant in its writing, ideas and sense of humor, achieved through satire.I read it in Michael Kandel's translation, my Polish not being great as of yet(though I consider myself a good student), and I thought the writing was beautiful. I can only begin to imagine how lovely Lem's original expressions are, because translations, no matter how good, always take away something from the original.The language, overall, was very rich, changing between styles, even using a made up version of old and new language, in the Polish version, I assume, Polish, but also, and much credit to Kandel, of course, in the English version, a sensational mix of old and new English that I had some trouble with, but that only attests to it's greatness, because it used expressions long out of use.I am generally not a fan of satire, but this book was fantastic in that sense. The humor, so gentle and subtle and yet obviously there, was amazing. I usually put some berth between myself and humorous books, but I do not regret a second of reading The Star Diaries. Which brings me to the moment I will acquaint you with the book itself: The Star Diaries tells the story of Ijon Tichy, who travels from one planet to another and gets in all kinds of strange and comic situations. The stories are told in separate journeys, instead of chapters, and the journeys themselves were written out of order for 20 years. Some of them lean more on the philosophy, some more on the humor, but all of them are ultimately rewarding.  Ijon Tichy is a great narrator. What he succeeds at the best is the fact that he takes all of the events that happen to him, no matter how strange or borderline disturbing they are, in a light-hearted and calm manner. He escapes narrowly from crashing his ship on numerous occasions, he is left stranded in space, he gets mixed up in all kinds of weird events, and he does it in an almost graceful manner. Even more so when he ponders whether he really existed, to begin with, when he creates the world, or gets arrested by robot fanatics.Some of the voyages were better than others, some were longer and some, much shorter. I had trouble with the language, as I mentioned above, of the Eleventh Voyage, but the idea was brilliant and reminded me a lot of The Man Who Was Thursday. I will not let out any spoilers but it was great! If you ever wondered how the world was created, you would enjoy the Eight Voyage, in which Ijon goes to represent Earth in a gathering of the United Planets and understands how we came to be(a silly accident of oil spillage). He creates the history of the planet through a series of work mishaps during a project that he is in charge of in the Twentieth Voyage. The Twenty-first Voyage was admittedly challenging in a philosophical way, but also extremely interesting as it tells the story of how Ijon Tichy crashes on a planet of creatures that used to be human-like, until they started making genetic changes to their bodies and ended up completely robot and unable to return to the way they used to be, because they are torn by conflicts both of philosophical and religious character. (click for original Lem illustration)I will leave you enjoy the rest of this mad and fantastic book on your own, but if you ever trusted my judgement, you will read it, because it is great! It incorporates all of the flaws of humanity, told in a humorous way, and also, as it seemed to me, though ironic, nevertheless full of the affection that Lem had for the human kind.

  • Susan Budd
    2019-04-21 20:34

    Stanislaw Lem is an author I should have discovered decades ago. You’d think that somewhere between Wells and Stapledon, Asimov and Clarke, Bradbury and Vonnegut, I’d have come across Lem. But I didn’t. I might have seen some excerpts in The Mind’s I, but that was long after I stopped reading sci-fi and started my studies in philosophy. Then last year I discovered Lem and he single-handedly renewed my interest in sci-fi.The Star Diaries is the fifth book I’ve read so far. The others are (in order read) The Futurological Congress, Eden, Return From the Stars, and Solaris. The Futurological Congress and Solaris are absolute genius. Eden is interesting as a prototype of Solaris. Return From the Stars, like The Futurological Congress, describes a futuristic Earth, but without the satirical word-play and absurdity that made The Futurological Congress such fun. It had its moments, but overall it was my least favorite.Although the theme of the alien from Solaris and Eden is present in The Star Diaries, the aliens in these stories are not truly alien to the reader. Like much sci-fi, the aliens encountered by Tichy are all-too-human once you get past their odd shapes and peculiar appendages. Instead, these stories are written in the witty style of The Futurological Congress. And indeed, like The Futurological Congress, they are Ijon Tichy stories. That said ~ rating The Star Diaries is difficult because some of the twelve stories are better than others, so I will rate each story separately.In “The Seventh Voyage,” Tichy gets caught in a time loop with hilarious results. This is the first story in the book, and the funniest. Unlike many of the stories (which contain multiple barely-related episodes), “The Seventh Voyage” is a well-rounded narrative. ★★★★★ In “The Eighth Voyage,” humanity is seen from the point of view of aliens. Spoiler alert: We don’t look so good. This story also includes a lesson in human evolution very different from the one we learned here on Earth. The word-play in “The Eighth Voyage” is in the style of The Futurological Congress, but not quite as masterfully done. ★★★★☆“The Eleventh Voyage” shows what sell-outs aliens can be. Whew! Glad it’s not us humans that act like that! This story features a language described in the book blurb as “a dialect remarkably close to Chaucerian English” which became tiresome to read after a while. ★★★☆☆ “The Twelfth Voyage” features time dilation and acceleration as an alien civilization quickly evolves and then reverses. I liked the concept, but the story was not one of his best. ★★★☆☆“The Thirteenth Voyage” tells the story of two worlds, Pinta and Panta. Like “The Eleventh Voyage” and “The Twelfth Voyage,” it reveals much of human nature. But this story, unlike those, delves into philosophy as Tichy meets a people who have completely rejected individuality. ★★★☆☆“The Fourteenth Voyage,” like “The Seventh Voyage,” raises questions of personal identity. On a planet where people are frequently killed in meteor showers, “spares” are made of each individual. I like Lem best when he is philosophical and this story resembles the Teletransporter thought experiment in philosophy. In short, the Teletransporter breaks down the traveler’s body, transmits the information to the traveler’s destination, and recreates the traveler’s body down to the exact detail. Although this story doesn’t actually have a Teletransporter (like “The Twenty-Third Voyage”), it involves the same problem. ★★★★☆ “The Twentieth Voyage” is a time travel story. Tichy goes to the future to fix the past. What could possibly go wrong with that? This story traces all of human evolution and history back to the screw-ups of Tichy’s bumbling staff. ★★★★★“The Twenty-First Voyage” is the most philosophical story in the book, dealing as it does with the mind/body problem, artificial consciousness, the nature of faith, and the dogma of the soul. This story also introduces autoevolution and the idea of the “self-made man” where people wrest control from nature and recreate their bodies in whatever outlandish forms suit them. However, what is most intriguing about this story are the theological musings of the robot friars and the nature of their religion, which can best be summed up in the line: “Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible” (190). ★★★★★Like the previous story, “The Twenty-Second Voyage” is about religion, but instead of philosophy, it is a work of irony. A missionary brings religion to an alien world, only to find his congregation all too eager to practice what he preached. ★★★☆☆ “The Twenty-Third Voyage” introduces the process of atomization which people use for repose as well as for travel. It is like the Teletransporter from the thought experiment, or more familiarly, the transporter from Star Trek. Tichy was persuaded to give it a try. I wouldn’t. ★★★★☆“The Twenty-Fifth Voyage” includes a spoof of philosophers and their theories. This story lampoons physicalists, semanticists, neopositivists, Thomists, and neo-Kantians alike. What could be better than that? Killer potatoes, that’s what! Lem has the remarkable ability to make sentient and hostile potatoes seem totally believable, as he does in this line describing a plan to capture one of the crafty space spuds: “The whole plan hinged upon the natural curiosity of potatoes” (242). ★★★★★“The Twenty-Eighth Voyage” is an account of Tichy’s family from his mysterious ancestor Anonymous down to his own father ~ each Tichy as unusual as Ijon. The chronicle concludes with the diary entries of Tichy’s grandfather, Cosimo Tichy. ★★★☆☆Next on my Lem reading list is Memoirs of a Space Traveller, the continuation of The Star Diaries.

  • Charles Dee Mitchell
    2019-05-11 17:43

    The morning I started reading this edition of Lem’s Star Diaries, I got about a hundred pages into it. When I put it down, I felt like I had over-indulged at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Each of Ijon Tichy’s intergalactic adventures in the 23rd century comes so packed with jokes, adventure, word play, hairsbreadth escapes, satire, and sophisticated scientific and philosophical speculation, they are best absorbed one at a time. They are going to all run together in the end, leaving the reader as dizzy as Lem’s hero when caught in a time loop, but it’s best to work your way slowly into that condition.Tichy is a freelance space explorer who takes his rundown spaceship out of storage whenever the mood for adventure hits him. Usually he is intrigued by reports of some far distant galaxy, but along the way he is frequently blown off course and finds himself in comically dire straits with aliens who may celebrate his arrival or toss him jail or both. The one time he serves as Earth’s official representative to a conference on intergalactic relations, he gets off to a poor start by mistaking his host for a vending machine. Gulliver’s Travels may provide Lem’s literary template, but his humor is more Monty Python than Johnathan Swift. Perhaps that comparison is compromised by the fact that Lem’s stories were written in the two decades before Monty Python, but given the slippery nature of time in Lem’s work, who knows who influenced whom?Time travel, both intentional and accidental, fuels many of Tichy’s adventures. Lem takes the sf chestnut of time travelers’ attempts to change history – this usually involves killing Hitler – and spins it into one of his longest stories. TIchy is dragged into the 27th century to work on cleaning up history. This is a vast, bureaucratic enterprise where the punishment for screwing things up is to be stranded in the past. It’s these worst bumblers that become the leading forces in Western history from Homer to Einstein. This fits well with what seems to be Lem’s basic premise: (A) Things always go wrong. (B) Most things work out.At times I wondered how Lem’s satire made it past Polish censors in the 1960’s. On one planet, Tichy encounters a civilization facing a serious problem of rising ocean levels. The government solution is that people learn to breath underwater. A scientist explains to TichyThe upshot was…that what was to be controlled, controlled us. No one, however, would admit this, and of course the next logical step was the declaration that things were exactly the way they ought to be.The published diaries are the recovered fragments of a larger work. In this book there are twelve voyages with numbers ranging from seven to twenty-eight. The numerical order does not reflect the order in which Lem wrote them. When looked at chronologically, you see Lem moving from knockabout space comedy, to more pointed satire, to philosophical speculation. The last-written and longest story, Voyage Twenty-One, is almost entirely a philosophical discussion between Tichy and a priest on a planet where things have gone horribly wrong. I confess I never made it through this one, but skipping to the end I found that Lem finished his tales on a serious down note. The priest says, “Nothing remains then for us but to sit here among the fossils of rats, in this maze of dried-up sewers.”Perhaps this is Lem’s final position, but I prefer the story where Ijon Tichy reveals that he may be a figment of his father’s imagination.

  • Oscar
    2019-05-01 19:55

    Stanislaw Lem es conocido mundialmente sobre todo por la magnífica ‘Solaris’. Sin embargo, la obra corta de Lem quizás no sea tan conocida. Diarios de las estrellas reúne en un solo volumen los Viajes y las Memorias de un curioso personaje, Ijon Tichy.A través de sus extraordinarios viajes (que me recordaron poderosamente a Gulliver y Munchausen), siempre en su inseparable cohete, Tichy descubrirá las más absurdas e inverosímiles formas de vida, así como las sociedades más disparatadas. El humor de Lem es de lo más irónico y satírico. Pero lo absurdo no está reñido con lo trágico, y un humor ciertamente absurdo puede dar un giro hacia lo sombrío. Mediante las múltiples situaciones en las que Tichy se ve envuelto, Lem nos está hablando en realidad, a través de la extrapolación, de nuestro planeta y de los absurdos y estupidez de nuestra sociedad. Discusiones sobre sexo, religión, política, cibernética, inteligencia artificial, ciencia, teorías cosmogónicas, etcétera, ponen de relieve la variedad de temas y la fértil imaginación de Lem. Para el recuerdo queda el viaje séptimo, en el que Tichy se encuentra con múltiples versiones de sí mismo; el viaje decimoctavo, donde Tichy nos relata cómo creó el universo; o el viaje vigésimo primero, que habla de teología y clonación, entre otros temas.En resumen, un libro divertido, aunque espeso en algunos pasajes, hard incluso, que se deja leer muy bien, y además mueve a la reflexión.

  • Lammoth
    2019-05-11 14:00

    Едно от най-добрите неща, които съм чел някога. Горещо препоръчвам да ги прочетете, ако искате да научите:-защо нас, Земляните, не ни приеха в ООП (Организажията на обединените планети) и как всички членове започнали да припадат и повръщат след като гледали на монитора как върви историята на човечеството, тези трупоядци.- как звезден проповедник изпитвал трудности при разпространението на религията на други планети, особено на една, на която средната температура е -200 C, а населението й не иска и да чуе за Рая, но с удоволствие и радостни възгласи посреща историите за Ада и големия пек там…- как Великият Ох разрешил спор на една планета между тамошната религия, според която планетата е неподвижна е центъра на Вселената, и учен, който твърди, че планетата се върти – ами измислил планетарната спирачка, която разрешила спора….и ей такива забавни истории

  • Cărăşălu
    2019-05-18 13:48

    I didn't enjoy it as much as expected. Maybe I read it too late. Maybe what was original, witty, creative and imaginative at the time of the book's writing is now part of your ordinary modern sci-fi menu. Most of all, The Star Diaries reminded me of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the difference being that Lem's Diaries are not a proper novel, but a collection of short stories. Most of them are meant to be comical and satirize prevalent sci-fi tropes like time travel. Despite his undeniable wit, I think comedy is not Lem's strongest point and the best story in the book is the 21st Voyage, where he's more serious and you get a lot of truly interesting theological and ethical speculation.

  • Chris Fellows
    2019-04-30 21:53

    Before Arthur Dent, there was Ijon Tichy.Before our civilisation disappeared into its own navel, there were the Dichoticans. And before we started to prattle about 'Singularities' the robot monks of Dichotica had already looked unflinchingly into that abyss.Before we ceased to create science fiction, there was this book showing us the sort of thing we could be creating instead.

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-11 22:01

    Struggled through about 2/3 before giving up. I think I'll finally get around to reading Gulliver's Travels instead.

  • Izabela
    2019-05-20 19:51

    Całkiem miło, ale Podróż siódma to majstersztyk! Nie muszę po raz kolejny pisać, że ja po prostu uwielbiam twórczość Lema.

  • Kristel
    2019-04-24 20:49

    The Star Diaries by Stanislav Lem is a group of short stories that the author wrote over a time period from 1950s and expanded and reissued in 1971. The stories are travel logs of space traveler, Ijon Tichy and translated by Michael Kandel from the polish in 1976. The Introduction and Introduction to the Expanded Edition are really a part of the book as well and not truly Introductions as can be gatthered from "The press tells us that Tichy used a ghost-writer, or that he never even existed, his works having been penned--they say--by a device given the name of "Lem". According to some extreme versions this "Lem" s supposed to be a man. Now, anyone who has a rudimentary acquaintance with the history of space travel knows that LEM is an abbreviation for Lunar Excursion Module, an exploratory vessel built in the U.S.A." There are a total of 12 voyages in the edition ranging from 7 to the 28th voyage but not necessarily in the order that the voyages occur but this is how the author wanted them ordered. some of the voyages that I took special note of:The Seventh Voyage: (actually in written order is the 8th) is the story of a time loop where the author keeps meeting himself from a different part of the time loop while on voyage. The Eleventh Voyage: (number 4). is full of long made of words that became overwhelming to work through and could stand with a reread.The twentieth voyage: (11th work) makes a parody of history (QUITE GOOD)The Twenty First: (12th work) philosophical look at death, God, Souls, clones a quote from this voyage, "No decent person ought associate with murderers, by the same token any collaboration with that greatest of criminals--Nature--is inexcusable. Yet what is burial but collaboration through a game of "hide and seek?" page 176, The Twenty first voyage. Over all his early works are playful moving into satire and the later works are philosophical. The authors development as a writer can be seen when the voyages are looked at in the order that they were written. There is a tremendous about of word play. This is a fun book that makes fun of man's supremacy in the universe, parodying history and time travel.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-12 16:48

    The Star Diaries really defy comparison with anything I have read before. Although the dry humor I expect from Eastern European fiction is there, the story lines and philosophical wanderings are idiosyncratic in the extreme.Lem's diarist Ijon Tichy is a starship pilot, galactic explorer and self-styled diplomat whose adventures around the universe lead him into frequent philosophical and religious discussions and even more frequent menace to his strange-by-comparison-to-aliens earthling body, menace mostly avoided by laying low and making quick exits. Tichy is no starship trooper. His various voyages range from the prosaic to the profound. In one he loses a penknife and can't find his way back to the planet where he lost it thanks to an appallingly disorganized planetary system. In another, he visits monks still preserving their faith in a world where the lines between organic and inorganic, mechanical and natural have been utterly obliterated as in the "furniture grove" where armchairs and desks are grown from specially designed seed. On yet another voyage, Tichy directs a bungling future bureaucracy charged with improving earth history by traveling into its past and inadvertently causes natural and human disasters from the extinction of the dinosaurs to the Spanish Inquisition.The book is illustrated with Lem's simple sketches of some of the stranger body shapes and technological gadgets of the future. Although some of the stories tend to get a little wordy, the themes are still shockingly fresh, an amazing accomplishment for science fiction written in 1972.Lem's very best stories feature time travel and Ijon Tichy's best moments come when he fights with his own self, literally, in the flesh, caught in a time loop. After all, aren't we all our own worst enemies?

  • Rafal Jasinski
    2019-04-23 18:38

    Lema, przyznam się szczerze, nigdy nie lubiłem, choć dodać tu muszę z pewną taką nieśmiałością, że dotychczas znany mi był z czasów szkolnych i bardzo zabawnych i tyleż samo dziwacznych "Bajek robotów" i fragmentów "Przygód pilota Pirxa". Niestety, wrażenie tego, że rodzaj fantastyki uprawianej przez Lema, to "bajka, która innymi, niż ja drogami chodzi", powróciło w trakcie niniejszej lektury.W "Dziennikach gwiazdowych" doceniam niebanalne, choć absurdalne poczucie humoru i to, w że zazwyczaj w sposób nienachalny potrafi przemycić w opowiadaniach drugie dno, choć przyznać też muszę, ze bywa i tak, jakby w niektórych momentach stawiał przed oczyma czytelnika ekwiwalent literackiego neonu, krzyczący "Spójrz tutaj! Parafrazuję to i to! Odnoszę się do takiej to a takiej sytuacji! To analogia do czegoś tam! To anagram / kalambur tej a tej nazwy / tego nazwiska! Patrz!". Zdecydowanie jestem zwolennikiem nieco subtelniejszych metod mówienia o czymś, jednocześnie o tym nie mówiąc...Dodatkowo, znakiem flagowym Lema jest podporządkowanie całości danego tekstu przesłaniu, jakie chce przekazać, tudzież tezie, jaką musi udowodnić. Nie baczy wtedy na fabułę, która czasem zmienia się w okrutnie męczący i niezrozumiały bełkot.Na szczęście kilka opowiadań w "Dziennikach..." przypadło mi jednak do gustu. Z przyjemnością czytało mi się te, gdzie autor zarzucał "schizofreniczny" sposób narracji, zagłębiając się w nieco poważniejsze rejony - tam, gdzie abstrakcyjny humor zastępowały ciekawe dywagacje natury filozoficznej.Podsumowując, "Dzienniki gwiazdowe", jak i sam ich autor jest, cóż, "nie dla wszystkich". W tej grupie, która, w jakiś paradoksalny sposób nie jest w stanie docenić wszystkich walorów naszego klasyka fantastyki, znalazłem się, niestety, i ja. Za co wszystkich fanów i wielbicieli pisarza przepraszam.

  • Jeanne
    2019-05-14 17:58

    I had seen "Solaris" waaay back in college I think. Beautiful, but slowly paced, and this was a time that I slept through bits of a lot of movies. So I was thinking that this series of "journeys" of Ijon Tichy written by the author of Solaris (which I haven't read) would be serious and dry.I was right and wrong. The subject matter of spaceship navigator Tichy's voyages are plenty serious and related with the driest of humor. Many of the convolutions of time and space involve Tichy, full well knowing the consequences or potential result, punching his future or past self in the nose. His encounters with different societies explore the extremes of philosophy and religion, particularly Christianity. His view of earth society as seen from an alien perspective is very funny though also pessimistic. What a foolish bunch we are: in shape, in cultural practices, in evolution, in government, in thought. Kind of makes me want to read Douglas Adams or Vonnegut.

  • Nihal Vrana
    2019-05-01 20:52

    After Olaf Stapledon, Stanislaw Lem is my favourite Science-fiction writer. This collection of short stories is considerably weaker than his other works. Lem was a genius for sure, but he was not a comedy genius (drawing neither), the Douglas Adams-like nature of these stories does not really suit well with the gist of his ideas.One other thing is the character of Ijon Tichy. He might be the most non-existent character in the history of literature. I have read hundreds of pages about him and I have no idea what is his personality, how does he looks like or what makes him what he is. Actually, if you think about it , it is quite a feat to write a character like that.

  • Nikolay Dyulgerov
    2019-05-20 20:59

    Бях чел някои от разказите в една друга книга с неща на Лем, която четох заради Соларис, но пък тя беше накрая, а в началото имаше малко истории за Ийон Тихи, после и за капитан Пиркс, та оттам се зарибих. От една страна дневниците са адски забавни и иронични. От друга - човек може да научи интересни неща за науката, без това да натежава. Споменават се Файнман, Ферми, квазари, цефеи и т.н. Най-много обаче ми хареса парадоксалноста и то особено времевите парадокси. Уникално описани са, а последния разказ от дневниците, където също се засяга тази тема, има доста ударен завършек.

  • Useresu
    2019-05-14 16:44

    I can only be ashamed of myself passing by this genial stories in high school by one of the best writer of my country, bah - the world! However the timing may be perfect as often you'll find things coming from the past to save your future. I recently started to loose hope for sci-fi genre and looking for older books to rediscover the roots. Lem is universal and beyond time...and funny! Btw - the story with electronic brains in chests? - now I know who did Wachowsky's ripped off to make Matrix ;)

  • 0rkun
    2019-05-10 20:55

    Lem'in hayal edebilme gücünün kuvvetine hayr--... Yok, yok, bu güç tarif edilemez. Okuduğum en muhteşem kitaplardan biriydi.

  • Artur Coelho
    2019-04-20 14:32

    Um destes dias tenho de procurar uma biografia ou estudo literário sobre a obra deste singular escritor polaco de Ficção Científica. Gostaria de perceber se o que dele se conta é real. Se a historia, provavelmente apócrifa, de Lem ser um escritor apaixonado pela FC anglo-americana que impedido de a ler por estar do lado de lá da cortina de ferro, escrevia da forma como pensava que os grandes nomes que idolizava escreviam. Algo que lhe causou desilusões quando finalmente pode contactar com as obras reais dos autores que idealizava. A obra literária de Lem representa um tipo de ficção científica que talvez só agora esteja a atingir o reconhecimento público. Não me refiro à obra do autor, claro, que essa é bem reconhecida, mas à ideia de FC que não se fica pela aventura ou pelo didactismo especulativo. Um tipo de FC mais experimental, aberta a influências de outras áreas da literatura. Algo que Ballard explorou, e que escritores nossos contemporâneos (Mieville, Tidhar, tantos outros) estão a abordar, fazendo evoluir o âmbito da FC de tal forma que grupos mais tradicionalistas invocam a tristeza dos cachorrinhos para tentar impor visões retrógradas de um belíssimo antigamente é que era. Não que a ciência, parte fundamental do binómio ficção científica, esteja ausente da obra de Lem. Ela está lá, e em força. Física, exploração espacial, cibernética, paradoxos temporais, robótica, evolução histórica, biológica e social são temas que encontram espaço nos seus contos. É na forma como se manifestam que se distingue o estilo único da voz deste escritor. Elementos que na Hard SF seriam rigorosamente explanados ou fariam parte do cenário de aventuras no espaço são usados por Lem com uma sorridente ironia, peripatética, excêntrica e inesperada. Como se se tratasse de uma colisão optimista entre as visões do mundo de Borges e Ballard. O que fica da leitura são histórias abrangentes, que mesclam o fantástico com ironia, mais profundas do que aparentam ser. Traem uma visão do mundo talvez condicionada pelas incongruências da vida num regime e sociedade distópicos que se viam como utópicos. Os absurdos dos sistemas políticos não questionados pelas populações são um dos grandes elementos destes diários. A ficção científica de Lem segue um caminho diferente da FC clássica. Assente na especulação científica, não segue didactismos especulativos, optando por entender o futuro como um espaço cheio de possibilidades imprevisíveis. Espaço amplo, onde tudo poderá ter lugar. Perfeita razão para explorações onde o inaudito e o surreal imperam. O futuro não tem de ser uma projecção extrapolativa do presente, e a nossa condição de normalidade pode parecer altamente bizarra aos olhos de outros. The Seventh Voyage: Com o foguetão paralisado por uma avaria, Tichy mergulha numa zona onde o tempo colapsa e a nave começa a ficar infestada de Ijons Tichys do passado e do futuro, que coexistem numa ruidosa simultaneidade. The Eight Voyage: Ijon Tichy é eleito delegado da humanidade para a sua introdução na comunidade de planetas unidos, mas a história violenta, as conquistas científicas destrutivas e a falta de progresso social não convencem as restantes civilizações de que a vida na terra seja inteligente e civilizada.The Eleventh Voyage: Tichy é enviado numa missão secreta a um planeta dominado por robots, que expulsaram os humanos e professam odiá-los de morte. Mas, na superfície, acaba por descobrir que os robots originais enferrujaram há muito, e o que aparentam ser robots são humanos disfarçados, outros agentes secretos julgados como mortos pelos que os enviaram, incapazes de perceber que a sociedade que infiltraram não existe. O se perpetuou foi um mito imposto pelo governo do planeta, às mãos de um frágil homem que se esconde por detrás de um aparente super-computador. The Twelvefth Voyage: Testando um novo dispositivo de dilatação temporal inventado pelo inefável professor Tarantoga, Tichy sofre uma experiência aterradora num planeta distante. Os nativos capturam o dispositivo, o que provoca uma evolução acelerada, e Tichy vai-se alternado entre deus, pária e sacerdote até o conseguir reaver e regressar à Terra. As evoluções sociais dos indígenas alienígenas são uma amarga caricatura da nossa história.The Thirteenth Voyage: Partindo em busca do mais brilhante pensador da galáxia, Tichy vê-se capturado num planeta cujo governo embarcou numa missão progressista única. Ali, a submersão é vista como o mais desejável, e as cidades vão-se afundando progressivamente para que os habitantes se habituem a respirar debaixo de água. Quando consegue escapar desta utopia aquática, é capturado pelos habitantes do planeta vizinho, que têm como regra o mudar de vida e profissão de 24 em 24 horas.The Fourteenth Voyage: Depois de reparar o seu foguetão com um cérebro eletrónico novinho em folha, Tichy decide fazer um safari num planeta distante. Este planeta é constantemente assolado por meteoros, mas mal se nota. Tudo existem em duas e terceiras vias, prontas para substituir o que quer que seja destruído nos cataclismas diário. Até os seus habitantes têm substitutos que são também substitutos de substitutos. Assim, o local mais terrível da galáxia passa por paraíso de placidez e estabilidade.The Twentieth Voyage: Regressado de mais uma viagem, Tichy é confrontado por um futuro Tichy que se materializa na sua sala de estar. O seu destino, diz-lhe, é ir para o futuro liderar uma organização que se dedica a corrigir a história cósmica, para tornar todo universo um local mais agradável. Tichy aceita, mas tudo corre mal. Todos os planos são estragados pelos cientistas da organização. Uma experiência azarada dá origem ao sistema solar, sucessivas tentativas de endireitar o eixo de rotação da Terra deixam-no na posição em que o conhecemos, biólogos criativos divertem-se a criar formas de vida ao longo das eras geológicas. Desistindo da evolução geo e biológica, o instituto vira-se para a história, mas nem aí as coisas correm bem, com a complicação adicional das interferências dos cientistas caídos em desgraça que Tichy exila no passado. Ou seja, toda a evolução do sistema solar, planetária, das espécies e da humanidade como a conhecemos teve origem nos falhanços da tentativa de criar uma humanidade perfeita. As grandes mentes da humanidade são cientistas do futuro exilados no passado. O que consola Tichy é que se assim não fosse, ele não existiria para ser o director do instituto cujas intervenções, por correrem mal, deram origem ao mundo como o conhecemos e para correcção do qual se tornou necessária a criação do instituto cujas intervenções desastrosas provocaram as situações que visa corrigir. Paradoxos temporais absurdistas e a história humana como laboratório de alucinações temperam esta história. Hyeronimus Bosch como um biólogo exilado para a idade média por ter povoado a era paleozóica de criaturas que contrariaram os diktats institucionais.The Twenty-First Voyage: Aterrando a sua nave num planeta onde os utensílios crescem nos campos e nas florestas são percorridas por mobiliário selvagem, Tichy é acolhido por um grupo de monges robots que se dedicam à completa não-evangelização. Nos livros que estes lhe emprestam, o intrépido explorador do cosmos descobre a história de um planeta cujas ciência e filosofia levaram os seus habitantes a ultrapassar todos os limites da carnalidade, excedendo-se na manipulação dos seus organismos. Essencialmente uma longa meditação sobre os absurdos dos transcendentalismos, quer por tautologias religiosas quer por manipulação biológica.The Twenty-Second Voyage: Pensando que perdeu o seu querido canivete, Tichy viaja de planeta em planeta à sua procura. Num planeta remoto conversa com um padre evangelizador, que lhe conta a triste história de um colega. Com a tarefa de evangelizar a espécie alienígena mais bondosa da galáxia, é tão bem sucedido que estes o torturam até à morte, replicando no seu corpo as histórias pias dos mártires da igreja, acreditando febrilmente que a martirização é o que o evangelista mais deseja.The Twenty-Third Voyage: Uma visita ao planeta mais exíguo da galaxia, onde os diminutos habitantes têm mesmo muito pouco espaço para viver, leva Tichy a descobrir as maravilhas de um revolucionário sistema de transportes. Sempre que um dos habitantes do planeta se quer deslocar, vai até um atomizador para ser desfeito, guardado e enviada uma cópia para o seu destino.The Twenty-Fifth Voyage: Seres misteriosos atacam foguetões nas proximidades de um sistema remoto. Acabam por se revelar batatas, transplantadas para um ambiente inóspito que as leva a evoluir até se tornarem uma espécie predatória. Após descobrir o segredo dos misteriosos seres, o Prof. Tarantoga parte em busca de uma civilização que vive no plasma de uma estrela. Tichy persegue-o, tentando manter um encontro ao qual se atrasou por avaria no foguetão. O conto termina com os seres plasmáticos a reflectir sobre o ridículo que seria haver vida inteligente baseada em proteína, longe das altas temperaturas das atmosferas estelares. The Twenty-Eight Voyage: Numa longa e distante viagem, Tichy recorda os feitos bizarros dos seus antepassados, inventores idiosincráticos de sistemas e equipamentos que chocaram os seus contemporâneos. Termina reflectindo que navigare necesse est.

  • Ram
    2019-05-17 15:51

    A collection of the unexpected adventures of the famous spaceman Ijon Tichy. Tichy encounters a variety of strange problems in his travels and solves them in ways that are certainly unconventional. The book excels in absurd writing, full of original ideas and various inventions.The book, is composed of short stories, all related to his solo voyages in space. Most of the stories are excellent, some a bit tedious. My favorites were"The Eighth Voyage", in which Ijon Tichy represents Earth to petition for its admission to the United Planets....and is forced to hear the opinion of various of the races of the universe on the history of earth and it's moral crimes."The Seventh Voyage", in which a spaceship defect forces Tichy through a series of time vortices, creating a multitude of temporal copies of himself."The Thirteenth Voyage", in which Ijon Tichy sets out to meet Master Oh. Instead, he finds two planets (Pinta and Panta) ruled according to the Master's principles. On Pinta, people are trying to become fish using a technique called evolution by persuasion. On Panta, all inhabitants are identical clones and exchange their jobs daily.The one where he visits a planet ruled by robots. He disguises himself as a robot, as living people are prosecuted and finds out interesting things about the inhabitants of the planet.

  • Calzean
    2019-05-13 17:40

    This is a unique book for a sci-fi. Each chapter describes one of the voyages of Ijon Tichy's intergalactic adventures in the 23rd century. The stories are a mixture of futuristic crystal-balling, deadpan humour, discussions on religion, satirical insights into the results of man's constant search for perfection, the dangers of technology and more satire on government bureaucracy and their use of fear to control the population. It is a book of genius.I really like the Eighth Voyage, which Tichy represents Earth for its admission to the United Planets only for mankind to be judged unsuitable for entry. Another favourite was the Eleventh Voyage where there a classic use of fear to have the population spying on each other. But all the Voyages offer some new way of questioning mankind and our actions, there is some real predictions coming true with Tichy's red flags on climate change and manmade adaptations of things like GMOs. And in amongst all the fun there are some cute reminders that the stories were written in 1950-70 period such as when Tichy has to find a telephone to call someone.

  • Robin Pilgrim
    2019-05-02 20:43

    El viaje septimo me hizo reir hasta el punto en que lloré, muuuuuy divertido, no me había reído así desde Matadero 5 de Vonnegut.Los escritos de S. Lem entran en esa categoría de locura en donde están de alguna forma PKD, Douglas Adams y tal vez Vonnegut. <3

  • Barak
    2019-05-15 13:57

    4.5 stars.A brilliant and hilarious (I find) parody, emblematic of the "Speculative Fiction" Genre, but where the word "Speculative" actually denotes what it's meant to. This is one of the best philosophical Sci-Fi works I have ever read (or rather re-read), and certainly the most original.When I was reading it decades ago I completely missed all the allusions and references to philosophy and history, which were so clear to me - thus hugely entertaining - now.Ijon Tichy, the protagonist, is nothing less than a Baron Munchausen in outer space, and each story contains subtle and less subtle hints of its doubtful authenticity. At times the tall tales are so ludicrous that even the esteemed Baron would have quacked with mounting incredulity.The most difficult diary entry to read was also the most philosophical one ("The Twenty-First Voyage"), where the plot is quite thin relative to the speculative narrative, but in which one can still enjoy the meta-theological arguments (given by a religious order of robots) concerning God's existence, that somehow manage to mock and muck-up age-old arguments such as, among others, the ontological one of Anselm/Descartes.Damn good book!

  • Ali Ganjei
    2019-04-20 16:45

    یه سری داستان علمی-تخیلی-فلسفی-فکاهی از استانیسلاو لم. بعضی از داستان‌هاش با ترجمه صادق مظفر زاده توی مجله دانشمند اواخر دهه شصت و اوایل هفتاد با عنوان خاطرات یون تیخی چاپ شده بود.کتاب خیلی سختیه و خیلی واژه و اصطلاح ابداعی داره که برای فهمیدن‌شون باید کلی اطلاعات از کیهان‌شناسی و نظریه تکامل و فلسفه و علوم دیگه داشته باشید.من یکی از داستان‌ها رو با ترجمه‌ی مظفر زاده مقایسه کردم و واقعا حیرت کردم از کیفیت بی‌نظیر ترجمه. خیلی دوست دارم کسی که توی اون هول و ولای دهه شصت وقتش رو وقف ترجمه‌ی یه همچین متن سختی کرده و کارش رو با همچین دقت و مهارت مثال زدنی‌ای انجام داده رو یه بار از نزدیک ببینم بگم آقا بیا تف کن توی صورت من واسه تبرک!برخلاف عموم داستان‌های علمی تخیلی اون زمان که موضوع‌شون معمولا خیالبافی درباره دستاوردهای شگرف بشریت در سال دوهزاره یا روبات‌های سخنگو و اینجور چیزا... و الان خیلی تاریخ‌گذشته و گاهی مسخره به نظر میان، لم توی این مجموعه داستان‌ها تخیلش رو به کار می‌ندازه که ببینه اگه تکامل توی شرایط کاملا متفاوت با زمین اتفاق بیفته، تمدن‌های هوشمندی که به وجود میان چه جوری ممکنه باشن و توی هر داستان یون تیخی با یکی از این تمدن‌ها روبرو می‌شه و مشاهداتش رو خیلی طبیعی، انگار اصلا چیز عجیبی نیست، می‌نویسه.خیلی خوندنیه و البته همونطور که گفتم متن خیلی سختیه

  • oguz kaan
    2019-05-19 18:41

    Bilimkurguyu bugünkü seviyesine getiren yazarlar denildiğinde Le Guin ve Dick'in yanında anılan bir diğer yazar olan Lem'in okuduğum ikinci kitabı olan Yıldız Güncesi, öykü kitapları içerisinde favorilerime yerleşti.Ijon Tichy'nin galakside ki maceralarından oluşan kitap boyunca Lem felsefeye, toplum eleştirisine, insanlığın devamına ve Tanrı'ya çoğu yazardan çok daha eğlenceli yaklaşmış. Akılda kalıcı metaforlarla desteklediği fikirlerinde; evrim geçirip vahşileşen patateslerden tutun, zaman döngüsünde kendisi ile kavga eden Tichy'nin aslında Dünya'nın tarihini şekillendiren ve pek becerikli olmayan bir ekibe sahip Tanrı rolüne soyunan adam olmasından, robot isyanının şok edici gerçeklerine kadar hepsinden sayfalar tutacak kompozisyonlar çıkarabilirsiniz. Ve hikayeleri sakince okuyup, hazmettikten sonra düşündüğünüzde idrak ettikleriniz ve insanın daha doğrusu insanoğlunun ben merkezciliği üzerine yapılan bu eleştirilerin seviyesini anlayınca Lem'e hayranlıkla karışık bir saygı duyarsınız, diye düşünüyorum. Okumayı seve herkes için tavsiyemdir.

  • Jennifer Abdo
    2019-05-20 21:57

    I wouldn't consider myself a sci fi fan, but this author, like Capek's War With the Newts, has very good points in religion, philosophy, politics, human nature to illustrate. There are dizzying time travel loops, odd creatures and machines, fascinating customs like squamp hunting, like in many sci fi novels no doubt. This one didn't really endear itself to me until the 21st voyage, I have to say, where there is a discussion about God and Satan as dizzying as the recursive time travel loops are to sort out. Looking back, though, the 8th and 11th voyages had good, humorous lessons on politics. In the 22nd and 25th voyages there are good examples of our narrow view of life- refusing to see evidence that is right in front of us or refusing to believe things could turn out another way because we have experienced them THIS way. Overall, this is funnier and more thought provoking than your average science fiction.

  • Zandrin
    2019-04-19 14:53

    Humor Lemov je nesto fenomenalno. Satira i metafora Ijona Tihog su prosto neprevazidjene. Zao mi je sto su tako malo Lemovih knjiga preveli i sto su dugo bile retke u knjizarama..eventualno u antikvarnicama su mogle da ae nadju. Ijon i zbirka pripovedaka Invazija s Aldebarana su sad vec antikvarne knjige. Zvezdani dnevnici su svojevrsna socioloska I filozofska knjiga pisana u satiricnom tonu, svojevrsna kritika drustva onog vremena. Svako Ijonovo putovanje u "daleke svetove buducnosti" prikazivalo je pojedinacne segmente naseg drustva i njihovo ustrojstvo, naravno prikazano - ogoljeno do potpunog apsurda, ali na logicki nacin. Lem je jednako kritikovao kako svetovno tako I duhovno ustrojstvo u drustvu, nikog nije postedeo.

  • Gui
    2019-05-08 21:52

    I didn't expect to like this book so much but this has everything I want in a sci-fi book. This is a collection of stories following Ijon Tichy's adventures across the galaxy. I loved the one about the mutant potatoes: "Thus far observations show that man has mashed potatoes millions of times, but it is not inconceivable that one time in a billion the situation could reverse itself, that a potato could mash a man." People in Poland must really like this one, too.

  • Travis Dixon
    2019-05-01 15:38

    Really struggling to get more than a few chapters into this one.Finding the narrative quite disconnected, (more so than illuminatus! trilogy) to the point where I can't build a model of the characters, universe or concepts, and therefore can't engage with the book.The prose doesn't particularly enthrall me either